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A spacious and comfortable motor yacht for up to 16 passengers with great reviews from Veloso Tours guests.
The M/Y Beluga is a spacious and comfortable superior first class motor yacht accommodating up to 16 passengers in 8 double cabins. One of these has an additional berth which becomes a triple room which is ideal for families.
Beluga is fully air-conditioned, has spacious social areas with all the comforts and facilities of a superior first class Galapagos yacht, including panoramic windows in the lounge and dining area and a large sundeck for relaxing, sightseeing or sunbathing.
Discounts for families
The Beluga offers discounts for children aged under 12 - please ask your travel advisor for details.
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Friday to Friday
AM: Arrival to Baltra Island where our crew meets you at the airport and escorts you to your anchored yacht.
PM: Santa Cruz Island (Indefatigable) - Visit to Dragon Hill - Cerro Dragon has hypersalinic small lagoon behind the beach, often frequented by flamingoes.
Santa Fé Island (Barrington) - AM: Santa Fe is a smaller island of 24 km2. The visitor site Santa Fe is located on the northeast end of the island. Highlights include Santa Fe land iguanas, pelican nesting site, sea lion colony, mockingbird, and Palo Santo trees.
PM: South Plaza Island - Plazas consists of two very small islands that were uplifted from the sea, separated by a channel. Only South Plazas has a visitor site. The highlights include tall Opuntia cactus, land and marine iguanas, rocky cliff that looks out towards open ocean which is also a nesting site for red-billed tropic birds and gulls, and a seal lion bachelor colony.
AM: San Cristóbal Island (Chatham) - San Cristóbal is the easternmost island of Galapagos and also one of the oldest. Cerro Brujo is a white sand beach on the west side of San Cristóbal. Highlights include: Sally Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas, and sea lions, Chatham mockingbird, lava lizards.
PM: Galapaguera & El Junco - The lagoon is the only fresh water reservoir in Galapagos and has great views from its altitude of 700m in the highlands of San Cristóbal. Rainwater has collected in the caldera for hundreds of years and formed this lagoon. Galapaguera is a good area to see tortoises in their natural environment
AM: Española Island (Hood): Española is the oldest of the Southern Islands and is the southernmost in the archipelago. Because of its remote location a unique range of endemic species evolved here. Gardner Bay - Located on the northeast of the island, the site has a long and beautiful white sand beach inhabited by sea lion colonies. Visit to Islote Gardner and Islote Osborn - These islets are snorkeling sites where visitors will see an abundance of tropical fish, reef sharks, and turtles.
PM: Punta Suarez - The wildlife at Punta Suarez is plentiful and varied. Along the cliff visitors can enjoy the blowhole where seawater is forced about 20m into the air. The highlights are the Waved albatross (April-Dec) that are only found on Hood, Galapagos Hawks, blue-footed boobies, Ñasca boobies, and Española lava lizards.
AM: Santa Cruz Island (Indefatigable): Santa Cruz is the second largest island and the most populated of all islands. Puerto Ayora & Charles Darwin Station - In Puerto Ayora visitors can enjoy a stroll through town and shopping at one of the many tourist shops, visit the Charles Darwin Station is a research facility and National Park Information center. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation center.
PM: Highlands of Santa Cruz - Galapagos giant tortoises can be seen in the wild in the highlands of Santa Cruz.
AM: Santiago Island (James): Santiago Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals. Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat) - Sombrero Chino is a small volcanic island just off the southeast tip of Santiago. The name of the island describes the shape of the island. Fauna includes Sea lions, marine iguanas and the Galapagos penguin
PM: Sullivan Bay - This site is of great geological interest. Highlights: 100 hundred year old lava flow field, pahoehoe formations, and lava bubbles.
AM: Genovesa Island (Tower): Genovesa is an eroded flat volcanic island, with a natural harbor, which is actually the submerged caldera of this volcanic island. Darwin Bay - The steep cliffs of this area dominate the island. This area is home to thousands of frigate birds, red-footed boobies, Noddy terns, lava gulls, tropicbirds, doves, storm petrels and Darwin's finches.
PM: Prince Philip's Steps - We take a dingy ride and we make a dry landing on Prince Phillips's Steps (Barranco), we walk and observe the interesting lives of the birds here. There is a good possibility of seeing the unique "Short eared owl" at this site. During the dinghy rides along the cliffs fur seals and several species of seabirds can be spotted.
AM: Caleta Tortuga (Turtle Cove) - Turtle Cove is a red mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz and a perfect example of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. Then to Baltra for return flight to the continent.
Friday to Friday
AM: Arrival to Baltra Island where our crew meets you at the airport and escorts you to your anchored yacht. Santa Cruz - Highlands of Santa Cruz, Galapagos giant tortoises can be seen in the wild in the highlands of Santa Cruz.
PM: Visit the Charles Darwin Station is a research facility and National Park Information center. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation center.
AM: Floreana Island - Best known for its colorful history of buccaneers, whalers, convicts, and early colonists. Punta Cormorant - Punta Cormorant has two contrasting beaches and a large inland lagoon where pink flamingoes can be seen.
PM: Devils Crown - This is a snorkeling site located just off Punta Cormorant. The site is a completely submerged volcano that has eroded to create the appearance of a jagged crown. Post Office Bay -This is one of the few sites visited for its human history. Visit the wooden mail barrel where letters are dropped off and picked up and remains of the Norwegian fishing village.
AM: Isabela Island - the largest of the Galapagos Islands formed by five active volcanoes fused together. Wolf Volcano is the highest point in the entire Galapagos at 1707m. Puerto Villamil - Puerto Villamil is a charming small town on a white sand beach. Highlights include the Tortoise Breeding Station and the flamingo lagoon. Other visits (depending on conditions) are the Tintoreras or Los Humedales.
PM: Sierra Negra - Volcan Sierra Negra has a caldera with a diameter of 10km. View recent lava flows, moist highland vegetation, and parasitic cones.
AM: Punta Moreno - Located in the central southwestern coast of Isabela Island. The site has spectacular views of volcanoes Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul. Some highlights include impressive lava flows, desolate and pristine landscape, varied and unusual arid zone vegetation.
PM: Elizabeth Bay - This spot is only accessible by dinghy. It is possible to see penguins on the small islets in the bay. The end of the bay is long and narrow surrounded by three species of mangroves. Galapagos Sea Turtles and rays can usually be seen in the water.
AM: Isabela Island - Urbina Bay is located at the central-west coast of Isabela Island at the foothills of Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. Highlights include the colourful land iguanas, Galapagos Giant tortoises and the coral uplifting from 1954.
PM: Tagus Cove - A natural harbor where centuries ago whalers and pirates left their ship's names painted or carved on the rocks. A walk uphill to Darwin's Crater salt-water lake will provide an excellent view.
AM: Punta Espinoza - A place famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, among others.
PM: Punta Vicente Roca - This site is visited by dinghy rides along the cliffs or the partially sunken cave at the water's edge. Nasca boobies, blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline.
AM: Santiago Island - This Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals. Puerto Egas - A walk along the rocky coast line that will you show you a view of some of Galapagos' best tide pools. Some highlights include: Sugar loaf volcano, fur seals, oystercatchers, marine iguana colony, and old salt mine.
PM: Bartolome Island - A hike will take you to the highest point on Bartolome for a spectacular view. Sea lions and penguins can be seen around Pinnacle Rock. There is a sandy beach with great swimming and snorkeling.
AM: North Seymour - This flat piece of land originated after an uplifting event thousands of years ago. The island is home to endemic Palo Santo trees, colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow tailed gulls, and magnificent frigate birds. Then to Baltra for return flight to the continent.
The Beluga is a fully air-conditioned, spacious and comfortable first class motor yacht accommodating up to 16 guests in 8 well-appointed cabins. Offering a good range of shorter duration cruises, including 3 and 4 night itineraries, the Beluga is perfect for combining with land arrangements in Ecuador or other countries in your itinerary.
Public areas include a delightful sun deck providing space t relax and enjoy al fresco dining. On the Upper deck, the contemporary lounge and dining room with wood finishings is a super sociable area. Here, presentations and lectures are made using flat screen TV and DVD systems.
The well-appointed air-conditioned cabins have cosy duvets, private bathrooms, storage space and either port hole, picture window or on the upper deck wide panoramic windows.
With snorkelling equipment including wetsuits included in the price, the Beluga offers good value considering the quality of the ship and its itineraries. With a relatively fast cruising speed, you are assured more time ashore exploring the wildlife and natural wonders of the Galapagos.
Great for families
The Beluga has a triple cabin, ideal for families. Discounts are available for children under 10 years of age.
- All meals during the cruise
- All shore excursions as described in the itineraries
- Transfers from Galapagos airports to/from the ship
- Unlimited water, tea and coffee during the cruise
- FREE use of snorkelling equipment including wetsuits
- Category - superior First Class
- Length - 110 feet
- Beam - 23 feet
- Cruise speed - 12 knots cruising
- Type - motor vessel, steel hull
- Mechanical Equipment - twin Scania Diesel Electronic 450 HP each, 3 Perkins generators for 110v and 220v, 2 reverse osmosis water makers, auto pilot system, sewage treatment plant
- Safety Equipment - VHF and DSC & HF DSC radios. DPIRB, SART, satellite tracking device, 2 GPS's, 2 radars, depth sounder, flares, basic first aid kits, 2 tenders with outboards, fin keels for extra stability, flotation rings, life rafts with surplus capacity for all passengers and crew.
- Crew - 9 in total: captain, cook, 2 engineers, barman and 4 sailors - plus a multilingual naturalist guide.
Deck plan & cabins
Cabin 1 - triple with 2 lower beds and 1 upper
Cabin 2 - twin with 2 lower beds
Cabin 3 - double with 1 king size bed
Cabin 4 - twin with 2 lower beds
Cabin 5 - double with 1 king size bed
Cabin 6 - twin or double with 2 lower beds that can be joined
Cabin 7 - twin or double with 2 lower beds that can be joined
Cabin 8 - Twin with 2 lower beds
Each cabin has its own private bathroom with hot showers.
All the guides we had were excellent. We were contacted by phone twice by Veloso Tours' representatives who checked if we were satisfied and offered assistance if required.
We really enjoyed our holiday, especially with our guides: They take care of us, and made us feel special and welcome. Our trip went well and everyone was professional: Excellent services.